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May 7th

Alleged attacker in police custody

May 7, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A man police have been looking for since New Year’s Day in connection with a brutal robbery and assault was captured on Monday.
Police say Michael Smith, 22, is one of two men who pistol-whipped the victim and bashed him over the head with a champagne bottle on North Main Street.
The victim, a 24-year-old man, told police he was a complete stranger to the men who attacked him.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.

May 6th

Trash fee could get dumped

May 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET – If Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has her way, the much-bemoaned “trash tax” could be headed for the ash heap of history next fiscal year.
The mayor has called a work session with the City Council on May 16 to discuss rolling the $96 a year per household fee into the tax rate, the way most communities bankroll the cost of picking up curbside refuse.

May 5th

Good deed nearly ends in tragedy

May 5, 2014

WOONSOCKET – What started out as a trip to help a friend with a graduation essay turned into a nightmarish ordeal for 20-year-old Nakya Gray Sunday night.
Moments after she turned the corner onto Prospect Street, Gray could see the limb of a massive tree toppling across the power lines off to her right, heading directly into the path of the Nissan Maxima she was driving.

May 4th

Storm topples tree from mayor's yard into car; driver escapes serious injury

May 4, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Strong winds Sunday evening caused a freak accident that injured a woman when a tree trunk broke from a large maple tree and fell on her car as she drove up Prospect Street in front of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s home.
The unidentified woman, although trapped in the vehicle by the fallen limb, appears to have escaped serious injury, police said late Sunday night, and was expected to be released by Rhode Island Hospital.
At the scene, the woman was calmed by neighborhood residents running to help, including the mayor’s husband, Ed Hunt.

May 3rd

WHS students receive a glimpse at life behind bars from the men whose mistakes landed them there

May 3, 2014

CRANSTON – The walls of the visitor’s room at the J. Moran Medium Security facility are covered with colorful murals of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Spiderman, all painstakingly hand-painted to make the room a little less dreary for the children and families who come to visit the prison’s 1,100 inmates.

But the artist who painted these walls wasn’t commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

May 1st

Shooting, chase ends with arrest

May 1, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A city man is expected to face a litany of criminal charges from multiple communities in District Court today after a wild car pursuit from here to Providence and halfway back again on Thursday.
The episode began with an armed home invasion at 42 Dexter St. and included a carjacking in which the suspect shot someone in the foot, and two car crashes. The last occurred about 1:20 p.m. in Cumberland, at which point the suspect was taken into custody by state police.

April 30th

New Walgreen's coming to N. Smithfield site

April 30, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – What was once the popular Mezza Luna Pizzeria in an aging commercial building at 7 Eddie Dowling Highway is now partially hidden by a chain link safety fence awaiting an expected date with the wrecking ball.
The former pizzeria site and a nearby closed Mobil gas station will be giving way to a new Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 1 Park Square over the next few months, according Robert Ericson, town planner.

April 29th

Council president fined by Ethics Commission

April 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – City Council President Albert G. Brien has agreed to pay a $750 fine to the state Ethics Commission for unlawfully voting to hire City Clerk Christina Harmon-Duarte in December.

Because Harmon-Duarte had performed occasional secretarial work for Brien’s personal business concerns, the city official violated the ethics code by voting to hire her on Dec. 2, said Katherine D’Arezzo, the commission’s senior staff attorney. Specifically, the law forbids public officials from using their power to financially benefit themselves, relatives or business associates.

RI House stands up for Landmark

April 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE – On a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, the R.I. House of Representatives adopted a resolution asking the state Health Department to reject any proposal from UnitedHealthcare to stop covering services at Landmark Medical Center and those of 52 physicians who have hospital privileges only at Landmark.

April 28th

Police say suspect stabbed dog, owner

April 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A man allegedly stabbed his neighbor’s dog Sunday before the animal’s owner intervened and the assailant allegedly turned the knife on him.
Detective Jamie Paone called the injuries to the dog minor, but she said the animal’s owner was stabbed repeatedly and later admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for emergency surgery. He was described as a 25-year-old man who lives at 26 Fairmount St., but police declined to release his name.
Police arrested Clyde Ewing, 36, of 12 Fairmount St. after responding to his house about 8:14 p.m.

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